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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Directed By: Wes Craven (Scream 2)
Today we have a film by Wes Craven called The Serpent and the Rainbow. A movie that was based on a none-fiction book of the very same name. Now the author to that book does not like the film version at all but that may have to do with the fact that when he sold the rights to be made into a movie he was told Mel Gibson would star in the film and someone else would direct. welcome to Hollywood my friend!
An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people in zombies. He does this because you can use that type of stuff for pure medical reasons you know? However playing into every stereotype you’ve ever heard about Haiti he ends up in the clutches of voodoo and black magic!!
Dennis Alan means well in this film of a man who gets a little too curious for his own good. The film doesn’t really seem like your typical horror film and may be more fitting to be placed in the class of thrillers and dramas. Not saying the movie doesn’t have it’s horror moments. And it is about “zombies” after all, just more reality based ones without the flesh or brain eating..which is kind of a bummer.
Still the movie is directed by Wes Craven and this was the 80’s so you at least get some of the classic creepy shots and very good effects that the man is known for. As if the idea of being buried alive isn’t bad enough the movie also tosses in spiders, snakes, and coffins being filled up with blood to drive home the skin crawling factor. I’ll give the film kudos for that, but I still just could never really get into the film during the time I watched it. Even if it does pack one of the most hard to watch scenes for a man I’ve ever seen.
See, folks while The Serpent and the Rainbow isn’t a bad film by any means it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I’d rather not spend this amount of time in the jungle unless people are getting eaten by cannibals. The whole voodoo stuff isn’t my thing. Sure it gives us a couple awesome visuals but I found myself bored at times. Maybe that’s just me? Like I said, this sorta thing isn’t my style.
At the end of the day I see a well made film but not a great film. I think it’s OK for what it is but isn’t packing enough of a punch to really pull you in. Now there are different strokes for different folks and you could like this Medicine Man-like film a lot more than I but as for me and people with my kind of movie taste it’s just kinda..there.
Well made and well worth a rent..or whatever you kids call it now days. I Wouldn’t actually pay out to buy this unless you’re just wanting to toss together a full Wes Craven collection. It has a lot of his trademark things in there but just didn’t do a whole lot for me.
The Rating (6/10)